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Poker Playing Priest

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina priest missed the $1 million top prize in a poker tournament to be televised this weekend but he won $100,000 for his church.

The Rev. Andrew Trapp said he hopes his participation gives viewers a "fun twist" on their perceptions of the priesthood.

Trapp said he entered the PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge in hopes of putting St. Michael Catholic Church "super close" to its $5.5 million building fund goal. He also wanted to strike a public relations blow for priests.

The top prize went to retired New York Police detective Mike Kosowski. But Trapp won $100,000, untaxed, in a semifinal round in October. It will go to the building fund of the church not far from Myrtle Beach on the South Carolina coast.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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